Students to get laptops next week

Published 10:19 am Monday, July 18, 2016

New technology is coming to the Vicksburg Warren School District.

Students and parents from all three high schools — Vicksburg, Warren Central and River City Early College —will be able to pick up Lenovo Chromebooks, a type of laptop that uses Google’s Chrome operating system, at their respective high schools next week.

“We’re very excited about it,” said Wade Grant, director of education technology for the VWSD. “This is really a big deal for the school district, and we’re really looking forward to having this project rolled out.”

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Warren Central High School will have its students’ Chromebooks available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 25. and Tuesday, July 26, in Gym A.

Chromebooks will be distributed by grade at Vicksburg High School in the school’s gymnasium. The computers will be issued Wednesday, July 27, to ninth graders from 9 a.m. to noon and 10th graders from 2 to 6 p.m. The computers will be issued Thursday, July 28, to 11th graders from 9 a.m. to noon and 12th graders from 2 to 6 p.m.

During the designated times, Vicksburg High will also issue student ID cards, and car decals will be available for $5 with proof of insurance and a driver’s license.

From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, July 29, River City Early College High School students and parents can pick up Chromebooks at the Hinds Community College Campus, 755 Mississippi Highway 27, in the first building in the back.

All students must pay a $25 technology fee for to receive the required Chromebook.

“That is a mandatory fee that helps with the upkeep of the devices, but it’s also for content filtering and district maintenance,” Grant said.

Students and parents must be present with proper identification and two current proofs of residency in the parent’s name, like a utility bill, driver’s license, voter ID or license plate receipt, to receive a Chromebook.

Technology forms, emergency contact cards and a declaration of residency form will need to be completed upon receipt of the Chromebook.

“They would have to bring that to the school district anyway. They would have to do all that, so the schools felt they wanted to take advantage of the time having them there, and my main focus is to make sure that the parent sign the technology document in the presence of a school official,” Grant said.

The technology form states the parents understand they are responsible for the device if it is lost or stolen, their child will comply with the school’s acceptable use policy in the technology handbook and they take responsibility of the device.

Each school will offer an interactive tutorial on the devices in the auditorium throughout the day.

“We will be giving them a Q&A session about the devices and basically a demonstration on how to use the device and how to care for it,” Grant said. “It will be ongoing throughout the day so if you leave and discover you’ve got some other questions and you want to come back, you can come back and ask.”

Parents and students not able to attend these sessions will be able to receive a Chromebook on the first day of school with the necessary paperwork and payment.